Trending in 12Volt

So far, 2012 has seen lots of changes in technology, from tablets and iPads to Application Stores and thinner, sleeker models of phones, TVs and more.  The 12 volt industry, or Car and Marine Audio and Video, is no different – so, we asked resident 12 Volt Specialist, Jeremy Doran, what the top trends in the industry are today.  Jeremy has 17+ years of professional installation experience, is MECP certified and is a graduate of Mobile Dynamics, which has enabled him to work with some of the most creative and accomplished installers in the business.

One major trend is the integration of iPads and smartphones to your vehicle for music, internet radio, movies, navigation and whatever else you have your device set up for.  These can be installed into a car using a custom kit within hours, and – PRESTO – the world at your fingertips.  Getting directions, finding a restaurant or locating the nearest gas station has never been easier. Check out the video below of DOW Electronics retailer Soundwaves of Tampa and their installation of the iPad Mini, just hours after release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCXJIjxvPNE

Doran noted that add on Bluetooth systems are in high demand because many states are making cell phone usage illegal while driving.  In relation, radios with built in Bluetooth capabilities are popular for hands free phone usage and music streaming.  In car Wi-Fi hot spots for constant internet connection are also rising in popularity.

“You’re seeing an increase of people wanting to stay connected while driving, but also taking safety into consideration,” stated Doran. “Full integration of your smartphone or tablet to your vehicle is extremely popular, because now people want the ability to have their text messages, Facebook feeds or twitter posts read to them while driving, but without risking an accident or ticket.  And since we all depend on these devices and save so much information to them, it only makes sense to connect them with another important piece of machinery to all of us – our vehicles.”

In addition to media usage, smartphones are being used as remote controls for monitoring of vehicles, keyless entry, remote start, security and GPS tracking, but these are not the only trends currently popping up.  Also popular right now are devices that unlock manufacturer settings so that navigation and video operate while driving, LED daytime running lights and aftermarket HID lights.

“These aftermarket changes are ways the individual customer can make their vehicle unique, and tailor it to their individual needs,” stated Doran.  “Whether they are doing it for style or function, these updates allow each person to get exactly what they want from both their vehicles and smart devices.”

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